Mike Baur’s Career Achievements in the Financial Industry

Mike Baur is the Executive Chairman and a Co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory; a startup accelerator that focuses on creating worldwide companies that disrupt the current norms, business models, and products by providing them with services, financing, mentoring, couching, office space, and access to a large investor and entrepreneurial network. As an entrepreneur and businessman, Mike has an experience of over 20 years in the Swiss banking industry and is responsible for financing and fundraising at the Swiss Startup Factory. He lives in Fribourg, Switzerland where he has strong connections, and he is successfully satisfied for having made his early passion as a profession.

Prior to starting Swiss Startup Factory with his colleagues in 2014, Mike was a commercial apprentice at UBC; a global company offering financial services in more than 50 countries. He also served at Clariden Leu Bank based in Zurich and Geneva. Mike, however, quit from these organizations and started investing in startup companies where he later co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and MAX Meister. He also participated as a jury associate at START Summitter; a startup pitching competition of St. Gallen University. Mr. Baur was offered the position of Deputy Managing Director in January 2016 when Swiss Startup Factory started working with Coaches Training Institute; a leading in-person coach training school in the world.

Mike successfully led the Swiss Startup Factory in its accelerator program in early 2016 with Goldback Group. He also led the factory to partner with Fintech Fusion in February 2016. His greatest achievement was when the Wall Street Journal profiled his early career in December 2016 from Swiss banking to Startup investments and entrepreneurship. Mike spends most his time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship and helps different Swiss Startups as a mentor and financial donor. Additionally, he is the Director and Co-founder of Swiss Startup Association; an organization which speaks for startups and founders for better regulatory, tax, and legal environment in Switzerland. Mike earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Rochester New York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Berne University.

Swiss Startup Factory looks for thriving digital entrepreneurs and provides them with growth opportunities through its strong connections in Switzerland and across the world. The factory has a twofold vision of running a startup accelerator program that will be a global example to other accelerator programs, and being able to offer any startup with all the necessary all-round services. It is located in Dorfstrasse, Zürich.

 

Anthony Petrello’s Career In Law, Oil Drilling Technology And Neurology Research

Anthony Petrello is the CEO of one of the world’s most well-known oil drilling contractors, Nabors Industries based in Houston. Petrello got to the top of this company thanks to his expertise in corporate law and knowing how to navigate the waters of technology and finance in a highly competitive field.

As CEO and Chairman of Nabors, Petrello oversees company initiatives and guides the overall direction. Nabors Industries has built the largest land-based oil rig fleet and has also turned their focus to offshore operations. Nabors Industries drilling technology developments include horizontal wells and hybrid drilling and they’ve also streamlined operations through advanced automation software.

Anthony Petrello took an unusual career path to get to Nabors. At a young age he started working with math problems and earned a scholarship to Yale University’s mathematics school. Petrello was an excellent student who became one of the favorites of Professor Serge Lang, one of the world’s leading Algebra mathematicians. But young Petrello didn’t stay in the field even after completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees because financial law started interesting him. After getting his J.D. he spent 13 years working for Baker & McKenzie law firm, becoming a partner there 7 years into his tenure. Petrello first started at Nabors as Chief Operating Officer in 1991.

Anthony Petrello’s biggest achievement has been helping the Texas Children’s Hospital fund one of the nation’s most advanced neurological research facilities. He joined this institute as a trustee because he has a young daughter named Carena that was born with cerebral palsy. He and his wife Cynthia had to battle through discouraging times watching their daughter grow, but they found friends in Dan and Jan Duncan who had become interested in young children with CP, and together they partnered to help the Dan & Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. The Petrello’s have so far given $7 million to this institute.

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